Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A playful talk on play: Thursday 24th March

Monday, 21 March 2011

Image, Object and Identity: photography and the construction of meaning in the 21st century

UWS Artist Teacher Programme: Public Seminar Series

Wednesday 30 March 2011 at 1pm in Committee Room, Ayr Campus

About the Seminar

This seminar will explore Valle’s personal research in the area of photography by examining closely the interrelationship between image, object and identity in the present day photographic form. The impact of recent genres in photography such as ‘anonymous photography’ brought about through the onset of social media sites such as facebook and twitter will also be explored.

About the Speaker

Valle Galera de Ulierte is a UWS Visiting Scholar in the School of Education and Lecturer in Art Education, Faculty of Humanities & Education Sciences at the University of JaƩn, Andalucia, Spain.

Valle is at the School of Education to conduct research into the Artist Teacher model of education and partnership (with Glasgow Museums). 

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Postdigital Encounters: Creativity and Improvisation

Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
24 June 2011 09:00-17:00
Journal of Media Practice Symposium
Held at the Watershed Media Centre, this one-day symposium explores how digital technologies have redefined creativity and media practice within the academy both in terms of teaching and research, with a dynamic programme of presentations ranging from multiscreen film practice and locative media projects to discussions of creativity and pedagogy in the postdigital age.
This event is hosted by the University of the West of England, Bristol Department of Culture, Media and Drama, Creative Media Research Group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre on behalf of the Journal of Media Practice, Intellect Books Ltd.
£60 delegate fee, including refreshments and lunch - there are a limited number of subsidised places (sponsored by the MeCCSA Practice Network) for postgraduate students, freelancers and hourly paid lecturers who do not have the support of an academic institution.
Deadline for Registration: 6 May 2011
Contact Name:
Charlotte Crofts
Contact Email:

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Feminist histories and feminism's political future, University of Edinburgh, 10th/11th March

Leverhulme International Research Network ‘Transnational Perspectives on Women's Art, Feminism and Curating’

What  constitutes ‘the past’ of feminism? How has this past been mediated and disseminated to the public? Which public, and where? How is the concept of feminist history, even if pluralised as ‘histories’, connected with debates around the oppressive presence of a hegemonic (read: Western) feminism allegedly disseminated from the centre to its endless peripheries? Does the concept of feminist histories imply a historicisation of feminism – that is, either its obsolescence or its perpetual re-inscription as ‘that moment’, associated with second-wave feminism against which every feminist initiative today must be measured? Does this same concept acknowledge ideological divisions within feminism? And can the quest for transnational feminist solidarity, increasingly an expressed demand of feminism in the age of global capital, provide new perspectives on feminist histories? As regards art in particular, how can we ensure that feminist histories in this context do not remain merely art-world histories but relate to broader configurations of feminism’s political cultures? Are indeed feminist histories only to exist in feminist research and curatorial projects or can they be part of broader art histories and social struggles? Can they perhaps just be part of biennials? Markets? Can feminist histories help us imagine the future of feminism as a connective, political struggle? If so, can this be realised through curatorial work at all at present or will such work inevitably be recuperated by the capitalist institution? Is feminist history – note the return to the singular – in crisis? And if so, is this a good or a bad thing?

UWS' Katarzyna Kosmala will present a paper entitled  Performative Practice and Eastern European Feminist Histories. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Red Skirts on Clydeside

Dates Showing:

Tuesday 8 March


GFT Cinema 2, 6.30pm

Tuesday 8 March 2011 marks the centenary celebration of International Women’s Day which was set up to inspire women, celebrate their achievements and to bring to attention the injustice suffered worldwide by women, because they are women.
In 1915, a year into the First World War, landlords in Glasgow put up tenement rents. Women in Govan responded with a rent strike. In Red Skirts on Clydeside, directors Jenny Woodley and Christine Bellamy chart the careers of Jean Ferguson, Mary Barbour and Helen Crawford Agnes Dollan through their involvement in the strike.
Twenty-seven years after the original film was made, Govan women reflect on their lives and roles by the Clyde in a unique collaborative women’s history film project led by filmmaker, Kirsten MacLeod, in association with Plantation Productions and the University of the West of Scotland.
The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on women and the shipyards.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Shorelines: A one day international symposium exploring place, creativity and wellbeing

Date : Tuesday 15th November 2011

Organisers : School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland in conjunction with University of Wales Institute Cardiff and South Ayrshire Council Museums and Galleries

Venue : The Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr, Scotland

Keynote Speakers: 
Iain McGilchrist, Psychiatrist, writer, author of The Master and His Emissary: the Divided Brain and the Making of the Modern World
Chris Drury, Land Artist

Shorelines: place, creativity and wellbeing

This one day academic symposium, to be held at the Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr, Scotland,
will explore interconnections between creative spaces or locations and physical and
emotional wellbeing. It will seek to bring together a multidisciplinary audience of
researchers, academics and arts practitioners to present cutting edge research in their
fields, to foster discussion and further understanding about the significance of place in
the creative process and its potential to enhance the quality of human experience.

Academic paper and visual presentations are invited to address the themes of the
symposium, which are as follows:

Place: Stimulating locations, creative spaces, geographical inspiration
Creativity: creative process in the visual arts, music, literature, poetry and drama with
focus on stimulation, inspiration, innovation and cognition related to physical spaces and
Wellbeing: physical and mental health and connections with creative process and
physical location, spaces or places.

We would welcome contributions from practitioners and researchers from diverse
disciplines including the arts, architecture, psychology, health, environmental aesthetics,
philosophy and education.

Contributions to the symposium may be made in the form of academic papers and/or
illustrated presentations.

We are now inviting the submission of abstracts in response to the above themes.
Abstracts of 300 words max.

Submissions which do not address at least one of the symposium themes will not be

Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full papers of 3,000 words max for
peer review. Papers selected for presentation at the symposium will be published online.

Abstracts should be copied and pasted into the body of the email, marked as ‘Shorelines
abstract’ in the subject header and sent to: Dr. Cathy Treadaway

4th March 2011 Submission of abstracts open
21st April 2011 Submission of abstracts ends
30 April 2011 Notification of acceptance of abstracts
12th August 2011 Submission of full papers for peer review
30th September 2011 Confirmation of acceptance of papers following peer

Elizabeth Kwasnik Elizabeth.Kwasnik@south-ayrshire.gov.uk Tel: (01292) 445447
Anne Bontke Ann.Bontke@south-ayrshire.gov.uk Tel: (01292) 445447